Products from two CSR brands were specified to meet the internal lining
requirements of the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, billed as one of the single largest
infrastructure projects undertaken in South Australian history.
The new Royal Adelaide Hospital is the latest example of how CSR Gyprock
plasterboard and Bradford Insulation products are delivering effective
solutions for the Australian healthcare market. Established names in the
Australian construction industry for more than half a century, the two iconic
brands are part of CSR, one of Australia’s most respected building materials
The new Royal Adelaide Hospital (nRAH) will be Australia’s most advanced
hospital incorporating innovations from hospitals around the world and
providing world-class care for the people of the state.
Construction commenced in 2011 led by the SA Health Partnership (SAHP)
consortium, which includes Leighton Contractors, Hansen Yuncken and Spotless. While
the structure and façade have been completed, the internal fitout and
commissioning are due for completion in 2015.
The Gyprock and Bradford brands met the high performance standards
specified by SA Health for enabling energy efficient and increased comfort and safety
solutions to be designed into the building. With the facility nominated as ‘Critical
Infrastructure’ and built in a seismic zone, the combined technical resources
of CSR’s DesignLINK team, which included the Research and Development division,
were required to provide fully supported wall and ceiling solutions that would
meet the Deemed-to-Satisfy Provisions of the National Construction Code (NCC).
CSR Gyprock’s high performance plasterboard, EC08 Complete was selected
for the wall and ceiling linings throughout the nRAH. A premium, multi-function
plasterboard engineered to meet the highest standards across a broad range of
performance requirements, EC08 Complete is Australia’s first environmental plasterboard
with mould resistance, making it ideal for specialised construction projects
such as Health and Aged Care where mould, moisture and impact resistance is
imperative. The low VOC EC08 Complete plasterboard is manufactured to
Australian Standard AS2588.
Gyprock’s EC08 Complete, which is certified by Good Environmental Choice
Australia (GECA), will also assist nRAH, designed to be one of Australia’s
greenest hospitals, in meeting Green Star requirements.
The contract for internal walls and ceilings was issued as a design and
construct contract, which required the sub-contractor, Brighton Australia Pty
Ltd to propose solutions to meet the technical specifications including mould,
fire, acoustic, impact and moisture resistance. Using the technical resources
of DesignLINK, the SA Gyprock team was able to offer the sub-contractor, value
engineered solutions with a concise number of systems to ensure ease of
installation and maximise efficiency. EC08 Complete’s broad attributes meant
the contractor was able to use one plasterboard type throughout the entire
project, eliminating any risk of installation errors.
CSR Bradford’s Acoustigard Glasswool insulation rolls and semi-rigid
Glasswool Supertel boards were also used to fill the interior partitions and
walls internally and externally.
DesignLINK offered a customised design solution for the combined CSR
system and construction needs, including developing Revit Families for all the
wall types and providing support and advice on managing the Revit Model; preparation
of shop drawings for installation details and coordinating the details of
Gyprock and Bradford; providing site visits to respond to ongoing site installation
matters; developing new installation methods and commissioning supporting fire
assessments; developing specialist details for seismic construction; responding
to ongoing technical enquiries relating to the coordination of services; and providing
written support to the main contractor as required.
The nRAH is the largest healthcare project that CSR has been involved in
to date. CSR Lightweight Systems Commercial Segment Manager, Barry Fitzharris
recognises the magnitude of the project and what it means for Gyprock and
Bradford to be involved, commenting that it has been a privilege to be associated
with Australia’s most advanced hospital right from the construction phase.